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Dementia is the term used for a range of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain and a decline in mental ability.


What is dementia?

The typical symptoms of dementia include: gradual loss of memory; mood changes; problems with communication, and difficulty in thinking and reasoning.

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

There are many types of dementia; the most common is Alzheimer's, which accounts for over 60% of people who are diagnosed with dementia.

Other types of dementia include:

  • Vascular dementia
  • Mixed dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Frontotemporal dementia

More information about the different types of dementia can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website.

If you think you or someone you know may have symptoms of dementia, contact your GP.


Memory Support Service

The Memory Support Service can support people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers who live in Buckinghamshire.
The advisors can help in different ways, either by meeting with you in your own home, or via a telephone conversation.

Memory Support Service
Telephone: 01296 331 749

The Memory Support Service is run by Alzheimer’s Society on behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council and in partnership with NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups [CCG].

More information about the Memory Support Service


Support for carers

There are lots of different ways to get support as a carer. Our carer's section gives you information about that support, and tells you how you can have an assessment so we can identify the help you need.

Carers' support and advice

Carers' assessments

Online support

Healios, a clinician-led online support service, has partnered with Carers Bucks to help carers and families of those living with dementia. This is a pilot in Buckinghamshire and the first of its kind in the UK. This FREE service gives carers the skills to manage better in their caring role and to support their loved ones.

If you would like to know more about Healios, or are interested in taking part in the Healios dementia service please contact:

Carers Bucks
Telephone: 0300 777 2722


Age UK advice line

0800 678 1602

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